Philter Labs intends to reduce the preconception related to vaping tobacco and cannabis. The company’s product is basic enough: It’s a portable filter that, to my surprise, removes almost all previously owned smoke and vapor.
The business today is announcing an extra $1 million in financing from a private equity firm that buys the marijuana industry. This round brings the San Diego-based company’s overall financing to $3 million; it previously raised from Bravos Capital and Explorer Equity Group.
“PHILTER’s objective is to empower responsible adults with the choice to keep the air tidy for those around them by filtering their emissions while still securing a person’s right to vape,” stated Philter Labs CEO Christos Nicolaidis. “This new funding enables us to continue to leverage science and our trademarked technology to eliminate previously owned smoke, minimize waste, and live out our objective to assist lead a cultural shift for cleaner air and a better environment.”
The product works as advertised. Take a drag on a vape or joint or cigarette and breathe out through the filter. The little filter then grabs all the particulate and, I guess, stores the bad things, leaving really little leaving the opposite of the filter. Even the most substantial clouds of vapor vanish.
I tried both of the business’s current items, the Phlip ($30) and Pocket ($15). Both use the same filter. The difference is use. The Phlip is developed to put a filter along with a vape pen. A silicon band connects the filter to most small vapes– it works fine with my Pax Age. In this manner, with the Phlip, the idea is a person inhales from one end and breathes out through the other.
Does it eliminate all the smell and vapor? No, not completely, however the gadget makes a dramatic reduction.
There are similar products on the market. Smoke Buddy is a longtime favorite of mine, and these work in a comparable style but have a more pocketable style. I’m more likely to bring this filter due to the fact that it fits in a pocket without an issue.
There are no buttons to press or batteries to charge. The device is passive, and Philter Labs says each filter will last about 200 exhales. The business has filed half a dozen patents, with three recently being approved for upcoming products.
“Our mission is to motivate a modification in the habits that are already out there,” John Grimm, co-inventor and CTO stated. “We wish to decrease emissions, not just to society however to the environment, and change smoking and vaping.”
Grimm explained that it’s more than minimizing the harm. To him, it’s likewise about lowering the preconception that’s connected with smoking and vaping.
The system uses a propriety filtering process that breaks down the emissions at a molecular level through a five-step filtering procedure. The company says its technology captures and dissolves the pollutants, vocs and particulates, which leads to clean air leaving the filter.
If the company has published a white paper on their findings, I asked Grimm. They have not; though he mentioned that Philter Labs founded a clinical board of advisers (SSAB) that includes toxicologists officially from big tobacco, together with previous executives from Dosist, Curaleaf and Juul.
Article curated by RJ Shara from Source. RJ Shara is a Bay Area Radio Host (Radio Jockey) who talks about the startup ecosystem – entrepreneurs, investments, policies and more on her show The Silicon Dreams. The show streams on Radio Zindagi 1170AM on Mondays from 3.30 PM to 4 PM.